Endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, may be recommended for teeth that have suffered a serious fracture, have a large cavity, require a porcelain crown or that have an infection. Our Los Angeles endodontics expert performs endodontic treatments that can preserve your tooth and the health and function of your smile.
Our expert in endodontics in Los Angeles can use a root canal treatment to remove infected or damaged tissue from the inner chambers of the tooth. At your first appointment, the area around the tooth will be numbed using a topical ointment and anesthetic injections. If you feel particularly anxious or nervous about the procedure, our Los Angeles endodontics expert may recommend sedation, which can be administered as a gas or an oral medication, depending on your unique needs and comfort levels.
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Once the area is numb, our expert in endodontics in Los Angeles will create an entry point in the tooth, and the infected or damaged tissue will be removed. The procedure may require one or more appointments to complete. Once the pulp has been cleaned out, a special medication and a temporary filling will be placed. At a later appointment, the tooth will be prepared for a permanent filling or a porcelain crown. Teeth that have undergone root canal treatments can become brittle, so permanent restoration is critical to the long-term health of the tooth and success of the treatment.
Endodontic treatment can often be used to save teeth that would otherwise be at risk of extraction. The procedure is rarely more uncomfortable than a dental filling, but patients with serious infections may continue to experience inflammation and discomfort for a few days following the root canal. Antibiotics and over-the-counter NSAIDs may be recommended to combat the infection and alleviate the pain.
Contact our Los Angeles dentist today to schedule your consultation.